Hey Steeler Nation! “Seven Steps Back” is a piece that Steelers N Stuff will release the night before every game. It is about what the quarterback will need to do to get a win. In this case, most of the time it will be about Ben Roethlisberger (number 7), but as we know the quarterback can take a seven step drop on a pass play. Make sure you check out Steelers N Stuff every week to see what we are talking about because either way, Seven Steps Back!
Opponent: Washington Redskins; Defense Type: 3-4; 2012 Defensive Ranking: 28th; Penalties: 100; Yds/G: 377.7
Ben Roethlisberger: Ben Roethlisberger looked sharp all training camp and even in the first preseason game against the New York Giants. Roethlisberger completed four passes for 36 yards. Roethlisberger connected on a few short passes and then went longer with a 20 yard strike to Antonio Brown. A sign of things to come in Todd Haley’s offense. When Roethlisberger spoke with the media this week, he said the same thing.
“That is the hope, and running the ball sets up the play action. That is the game of football. There are so many things that set up other things and that is why it is a game of chess between coordinators, usually, and then the players have to execute it. Whether it is coverages or blitzes, you have to be prepared to makes adjustments on the run and try to fool the other team.”
In week two of the preseason Roethlisberger will play longer than he did in week one. I can not tell you how long Roethlisberger will be in the game due to the fact that the Steelers count snaps. So when coach Mike Tomlin figures out how many snaps he wants each quarterback to play, he will make the call. I would expect Roethlisberger to play at least the length of the first quarter.
Bruce Gradkowski: Bruce Gradkowski threw the ball more than the other three quarterbacks on the team. Gradkowski completed six passes out of eleven attempts for 35 yards. His evaluation going into the second game will be to see his ability of being a quality back up to Roethlisberger. In his first outing, he looked solid.
Landry Jones: The rookie quarterback looked like he was a rookie indeed in the first preseason game against the Giants. He went 5/9 for 48 yards, but a fumbled hand-off that resulted in a safety and a few wild passes showed that he has a long ways to go.
John Parker Willson: John Parker Wilson had the best pass completion percentage of all the quarterbacks going 4/5 for 35 yards. Wilson is trying to prove that he is worth to keep around, and if the Steelers do not, Wilson is trying to show other teams the same thing.